Keep your eye out for the following warning signs…

31 August 2018

Although varicose veins are very common and most of the time they don’t cause any problems, there are a few signs to keep your eye out for which may need the help of the medical eye.

Bleeding of your varicose veins is a key warning sign that you must see your GP immediately for an urgent referral. If this happens, get your leg higher than your heart immediately by lying down with your legs raised and resting on a stool. Put pressure on the area until the bleeding stops.

Thrombophlebitis occurs when the wall of the enlarged vein becomes inflamed and a blood clot forms. The skin may appear red and the vein is likely to feel very hard, lumpy and painful. If you are experiencing pain, anti-inflammatory medication should take control of the levels of pain. It usually settles within a month, however, if it lasts longer or occurs multiple times, see your GP.

If you have varicose veins, small cuts or knocks may take longer to heal on your legs than on other areas of your body. If these don’t heal after a few weeks, it’s worth seeing your GP.

Rashes/colour change
Due to the high pressure of varicose veins, poor healing, varicose eczema and colour changes may occur. Varicose eczema appears dry, red and rash like with symptoms flaring up at various times. However, all of the above make your skin more fragile and ulcers more common. It may be worth having a chat with your GP about your options if these are ongoing issues for you.

Swelling and discomfort
The pressure in the vein system can cause swelling which may become very uncomfortable. Feelings are often described as heaviness, aching and throbbing. If these symptoms are affecting your everyday life, it’s worth seeing your GP. From here they may suggest compression socks and raising your feet as often as possible. If these methods don’t help they may refer you for treatment.

The content of this article is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the professional medical advice of your doctor or other health care professional.

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